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now, moments before that boat went down, one woman's boyfriend pulled out a ring and popped the question. >> he said in his proposal, you know, in our relationship, just like the water, there's high tides and low tides, but we survived it all. >> they certainly did. officials say everyone was wearing life jackets. nobody was hurt. by the way, she said yes. good thing she had the ring on her finger. >> could you imagine? 5:03 right now. a tsa screener at kennedy airport is being accused of theft. police say the 37-year-old stole $61 from a passenger's wallet. police say that a traveler had placed his wallet inside one of those bins during screening and then noticed the money wasn't there when he retrieved it. we're told the screener was caught on camera helping himself to that cash. 5:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, we did back off a little
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bit from the types of mornings we've had, but still a beautiful day. >> very comfortable. invigorating this morning, particularly in the suburbs. temperatures in the 40s and lower 50s there. even in the city, a light jacket as temperatures could slip to the upper 50s. clouds will filter our sunshine today. it's a cool, refreshing breeze out of the northeast off the ocean, keeping temperatures generally in the low and mid-70s. starting off close to the 60-degree mark. you get outside of town, a lot of 40s and 50s. jumps to about 70 by noontime with a variably cloudy sky. a high of 74 degrees. let's see if there are any early issues for the monday morning commute. here's lauren. >> not too many early issues out there. just a heads up for ferry commuters for new york waterway. the pier 11/wall street stop, because of the u.n. general assembly, you can see delays and sporadic closures there. that will be ongoing through the week.
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staten island ferry and sea streak running on their regular routes. headsing over to the trains, all doing well. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. we're coming up on 5:06. now to papal visit. right now he's on an historic trip to cuba. darlene rodriguez is in cuba this morning covering the pope's visit. great to see you, but also great to see you in a place where history being made. >> reporter: history absolutely is being made. it is great to see you, michael. good morning. good morning, kerry, as well. today is the pope's last official morning here in havana. he's going to head east later this morning. it has been an incredibly eventful weekend for pope francis, who arrived here to much fanfare saturday afternoon. we're here in old havana. right behind me is the waterfront.
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just a few blocks away from here is havana's cathedral. yesterday evening is where the holy father celebrated vespers. it was a private service for priests, seminarians, and several order of nuns. afterward right nearby in old havana, the holy father then met with local youth at the varella cultural center. this is where it appears pope francis is the most comfortable, when he's taug lking with young people. he talked openly and personally. he encouraged them to have hope and to dream, saying that with that the world can be different. the pope understands there's a very delicate balance cubans have to strike between common ideology and changing ideals. while relations between the u.s. and cuba have been changing, it's still very much a restricted society here. also yesterday, an historic meeting between pop francis and fidel castro.
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that took place at fidel's private residence here in havana. they spoke for about 40 minutes, we're told. the pope gave fidel five books, including his own two encyclicals. fidel gave the holy father a book titled "fidel and religion." cubans this morning are talking about seeing fidel's entire family for the first time publicly. his wife, his children, his grandchildren were all at the meeting with the holy father. they are always kept out of the publ thic eye here. now, yesterday in havana's revolution square, an open air mass brought out 300,000 cubans. the heat, it was oppressive. people stood outside for hours in silence very often to hear the holy father's message. we found americans who came out for this event and cubans who think things will continue to change. >> group of friends were coming down. it's a historic event.
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relations between cuba and the u.s. like i said, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. >> i'm seeing it much more encouraging and moving the cuban people. >> reporter: back here live in havana, the holy father leaves this morning. he heads about 400 miles east of here to the town of hulguin. we understand he'll celebrate mass and give the people a blessing. he'll then head to santiago. that is all before he heads to the united states. reporting live from havana, darlene rodriguez. >> i've got to ask you, you've reported from there before. this tomb ime around, when you've gone around to talk to people, restrictions on you? are you able to do it freely? >> reporter: you are able to do
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it freely, but there are so many differences that we noticed. we were here -- i was here with our cameraman eddie in 1999. back then is where you saw in the streets all of the older cars that have been around since the '50s. now you do see those, but you see a lot of newer cars. there are street lights with walk signals and timers on them. there are l.e.d. lamps in the street. there are internet cafes. this is a new thing. most of the people here on the island do not have access to the internet. some, depending on their line of work, do. it is still very restricted. but there are ways that you can go to hot spots and log on and be in touch with the rest of the world. so things are very different here all these years later. lots more still to be done. >> darlene, just quickly before you go, how is the cuban government reacting officially to the pope's presence here? are they embracing him and all he says about freedom? >> reporter: they are embracing
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him. raul castro personally went to the airport to greet pope francis, to welcome him here to the country. not only that, he had a private meeting with him as well. fidel met with the pope. we didn't know if that was going to happen. so certainly the government is embracing his visit. this is a country that declared itself atheist after the revolution in 1959. then when pope john paul ii came here in 1998, they started to allow christmas again and allow the catholic church to come back. so there certainly is an embracing of this pope's visit because he is a latin american pope, the first one. it appears the people here feel he understands them and the culture. >> well, it is great to see you and great to see that reports from havana. we look toward to seeing you again before you come back. remember, you can get much more on the pope's journey on our website, including a list of street closings and his itinerary. head to nbcnewyork.com. it's great to have darlene's perspective as someone who
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reported there in 1999, which was a different era in u.s.-cuban relations and even cuban-vatican relations. >> you can really compare the differences. it is 5:11. ahead this morning, two top republican candidates waking up to some bad poll news. plus, it could be the future of getting around. the latest on expanding ferry service city wide. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s.
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welcome back. 5:14. that means it's time for weather and traffic on the 4s. good morning, chris. >> the good weather roll continues today. temperatures trending down a little bit over the next couple days. really refreshing out there this morning. even with these temperatures feeling so much cooler than where we have been, forecasting a high of 74. that's close to where we should be. 73 is the normal high for this time of year. we just lost our way and perspective, so to speak. pollen report, good news here. the ragweed counts continue to come down. that's back down to a moderate level. a few less irritants out there. down to 48 in califon right now. 50 in oakland.
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you get closer to the city, temps a little milder. 59 in farmingdale. down in long branch, 61 degrees. generally a partly cloudy sky. you can see a lot of clouds streaming up the eastern seaboard ahead of this system that's not going to get in here, producing the rain. we will see the moisture producing the clouds. so the sun will be filtered out from time to time today. sun angle a little lower, so it's harder to make the penetration through those clouds. you can see on future tracker, fair amount of clouds at 1:00 in the afternoon. also some holes in the cloud cover. clouding over tonight, this is 8:00. again, notice no rain nearby. overnight tonight into tomorrow morning, most of the sprinkles and showers stay well to the south of us. it looks like the showers again, even during tomorrow night, going to stay off to south and east. on wednesday, that cloud shield gets nudged a little further to the south and east. i think we see more sunshine, and we'll start to see those temperatures get a little warmer again.
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74 the expected high in the city for today. we're looking at generally low to mid-70s anywhere yo go. up through the hudson valley, across the island, across northern new jersey. 60 the overnight low in the city once again. look for temperatures in the suburbs to the north and west to lower 50s. seven-day forecast, it's quiet. again, not much going on in terms of any rainfall. just a temperature forecast change. we go from the 70s monday and tuesday back to around 80 and warmer wednesday, thursday. it looks good for the pope's visit. maybe more clouds friday and 76. a little after 5:17. get an update on the commute. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. very few problems on the roads. a new accident just came in on the garden state parkway. this is northbound after exit 151. that's in the left lane there. the accident that we had on route 7 heading southbound after the wittpenn bridge cleared. that's good news.
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there on the throgs neck bridge. two lanes will be shut down in the about 7:00 a.m. quite a slow ride already. head to the white stone bridge. things are free and clear for now. we'll look outside at the l.i.e. exit 40, things moving along nicely. no slowdowns or problems on long island. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. 5:18. moving on to politics. this morning, the republican front runner is slipping a little bit in the polls. there's another candidate under fire for controversial comments about muslims. nbc's tracie potts in washington with that. good morning. >> reporter: hey, kerry. good morning. that's ben carson. we're going to show you exactly what he said. you're right. donald trump is slipping. he's down 8% in the latest national poll. and right behind him is carly fiorina. looks like that fight to get on to the main stage at the debate
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for her was worth it. the first big poll after last week's debate shows carly fiorina surging up from 3% to 15% 15%, in second place behind donald trump. >> as people come to know me, they tends to support me. >> reporter: fiorina replaces ben carson as number two. muslim groups are calling on carson to drop out of the race after he said this. >> i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation. i absolutely would not agree with that. >> he said that on his own. that was just startling. >> reporter: it came just days after trump failed to correct a supporter who called president obama muslim. he's not. trump's reply seemed to support getting rid of muslims in america. >> the fact is there is a problem with some, and it's a very severe problem. >> he is fueling a level of paranoia and prejudice.
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separate poll of debate performance. the positive/negative ratings. carly fooe ree carly fiorina was on top with 43%. the next closest was marco rubio with 8%. in washington, i'm tracie potts. we could hear more today from vice president joe biden's wife as to whether she wants him to run for president. if she does, dr. jill biden's spokesman says she'd be on board, but there's been no decision made yesterday. dr. biden could be asked about all this when she appears in st. louis. all right. topping this morning's money selling what it calls its clean diesel models. that includes the audi a-3 diesel. apologizing for violating the trust of its customers. so far, they did not admit to accusations of cheating on their fuel emissions tests.
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right now, the epa is ordering the recall of half a million vw tdi mods els dating back to 2009. also, apple responding to the first major attack on its mobile operating system. apple confirming it's working to remove hundreds of legit apps that are embedded with a malicious program dubbed x-code ghost. that program allows hackers to collect data from your device. so far the security breach appears to affect mostly users in china. 5:21 right now. just ahead, it's the one staple that's about to get more difficult to get. also, new rules in effect to prevent fires like this. but some say these rules don't do enough.
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gobble up all the turkey sandwiches while you can. some restaurants and retailers are facing a shortage of turkey breast meat. the nation's worst ever outbreak of the bird flu is affecting the larger turkeys. it means higher prices, even shortages in some cases.
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don't worry, there should be enough thanksgiving turkeys to go around. they were actually packed and holidays. >> so they're fresh. >> months ago. >> on the west side of manhattan, she gets the wild turkey. >> she gets it herself. plucks it, the whole thing. 5:24 right now. this could be the future of your commute. today the new york city council is scheduled to discuss one of mayor de blasio's signature proposals from his state of the city address, a major expansion of ferry services. mayor de blasio hopes to add services city wide by 2017. that's the goal. >> start the day out with a boat ride. >> i think it's a great idea with the exception of the winter months when we have a lot of ice build up on the river. they are rarely delayed. but i know a lot of people often complain about the cost of the ferry tickets. we'll see how they deal with that. >> very interesting point. >> i'm still trying to picture her hunting turkeys. >> i was in cape cod this weekend.
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that's where they need to go. >> okay. well, back to the ferry. it will be a little cool out there this morning. temperatures around 60. back to 74 degrees this afternoon. there will be filtered sunshine. a lot of high and midlevel clouds. 60 will do in the city. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. the week ahead, no big storms. looking pretty good for the pope's visit as well. we'll have the details. >> that's the last thing we need, weather to complicate issues. >> lauren, what's happening? >> let's enjoy the calm while we can. so far today for the commute, we'll start with your commuter checklist. everything on schedule. we'll take a live look outside at the inbound side of the holland tunnel. cars moving nicely from both approaches. no delays at any of your hudson river crossings. again, still in for a nice ride heading into the city from new jersey. >> okay. more on lauren's trip to new england.
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ahead, where a new jersey boy had a close encounter were a bear. plus, an historic meeting during an historic trip. pope francis' sit-down with fidel castro. and breaking news in the bronx this morning. a taxi driver shot and killed overnight. an update ahead. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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we have breaking news this morning. as we look at these live pictures, hours after a violent weekend, there's been a deadly shooting in the bronx. this morning we're learning the victim is a taxi driver. plus, a police officer due to appear before a judge. he's expected to enter a plea in this wrong-way crash that killed two of his friends. and police say this is the man behind a road rage attack. and he wasn't the only one in the car. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:30 a.m. on this monday, september 21th. ike i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene, who's on assignment in cuba following pope francis. >> chris cimino is here with a look at the forecast. another nice week. >> looks that way. temperatures on the cooler side this morning.
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toward the shore, a little milder. red bank, 61. point pleasant, 64. in the park right now, we're at 60 degrees. seeing 40s and 50s through our northwestern suburbs. a cool, jacket-wearing start to the day. clouds mixed with sunshine. we'll get sunny intervals in between. still a fair amount of cloud cover in the sky. cool breeze, 70 at noon. forecasting a high of 74 degrees. 5:31, find out about your monday morning commute. >> overall, things look good out there. we have some delays on 4 trains. an update in the past three seconds, they're only on downtown trains. just delays on downtown 4 trains. that's all due to police activity. otherwise, rails look good. if you're getting on the roads, we have an accident on the garden state parkway northbound after exit 151. it's in the left lane. the good news is the construction on the throgs neck bridge cleared. definite improvement. more weather and traffic ahead. we have breaking news this morning in the bronx. a cab driver shot and killed overnight. jen maxfield is in the belmont
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section with the story. sadly, this is the second time in two weeks we've seen this happen. >> reporter: that's right. and we were just speaking with some family members of the victim. we are told he moved here from guinea 12 years ago to make a better life for his father. he's a father of three. this morning he was killed while driving the taxi. i'm going to step away and show you the live scene here at the corner of east 189th and beaumont. the grieving family says the driver was on the phone with a friend this morning when he saw this his passenger had a gun. police say he was shot in the head. he lost control of his taxi and crashed into several cars here at the scene at east 189th and beaumont. and he died here at the scene as well. about a block away, female
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they are wailing, sitting on the sidewalk. friends have also gathered there to mourning his passing. fellow drivers are understandably worried about their safety. back here live at the scene, police investigating all this happening after a violent weekend in the city in which seven people were killed in gun violence and four wounded. but again, back to the victim here, he is a father of three. we're told his wife is pregnant as well. over this. and fellow taxi drivers worried as well. that's the latest from the belmont section of the bronx. now back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you very much. it is 5:33. with the pope's visit to new york city just days away now, security is beginning to get a little tighter. he's going to be staying on east 72nd street. there are barricades that are already in place there and in other parts of the city. in fact, as you walk around, you'll see them. we're also beginning to see manholes being welded shut. police have announced street
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st. patrick's cathedral, where the pope will lead an evening prayer on thursday night. and today, pope francis leads havana, cuba. he's going to head across the island to a mass in the town of holguin. yesterday, more than 300,000 people braved the oppressive heat to see the holy father. during his mass, he urged cubans to serve people, not ideas. beforehand, several dissidents were arrested for trying to approach the holy father. they were reportedly from a group that opposes that communist regime. pope francis also met with cuba's former leader fidel castro and the two exchanged books. pope francis giving castro two books. he also gave castro copies of his two encyclicals. castro gave the pope his own book called "fidel and religion." pope francis met with cuba's current president raul castros
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in a private meeting. darlene rodriguez is in cuba right now. we'll check in with her at 6:00 a.m. for an update. as we prepare for the holy father's arrival here in the united states, head to our website for a list of the street closings and his itinerary. head to nbcnewyork.com. it's fantastic to have darlene's perspective on this visit, having reported from cuba before. we'll be hearing from her shortly. >> yeah, back in '99 she was there. a lot has changed since then. it's 5:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. it's gorgeous. we keep saying the same thing, but it really is nice outside. >> broken record, but a good broken record. talking about temperatures on the cool side. a little cooler in the suburbs. you need the jackets there where numbers are in the 40s and low 50s. clouds will filter the sunshine today. nonetheless, a cool breeze in the afternoon. coming in from off the water, it's a northeast wind keeping temperatures generally in the low and mid-70s.
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right now in the park, we're at 60 degrees. skies partly cloudy. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. up around 0i at noon. 3:00 at 74, should be the high for the day. takes care of weather. let's find out about the traffic. >> new problem on the roads. this is on the long island expressway in queens. westbound after exit 19, woodhaven boulevard, there's a disabled tractor trailer in the center lane. they ares are building quickly. it's stop and go to the grand central parkway already. i'll continue to keep you posted. heading to the subways, here's your update. delays on downtown 4 trains due to police activity. your major commute lines still look good. the pier 11/wall street stop on the ferries, some delays and sporadic closures. that's all because of the u.n. general assembly. of course, we're going to expect street closures on the east side and delays all week long. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic
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5:36. happening today, a new jersey police officer heading to court to face charges in a deadly wreck. he's accused of driving drunk and heading the wrong way on the staten island expressway before crashing head on into a tractor trailer. katherine creag is on staten island where that officer will be turning himself in. >> reporter: kerry, this was a who horrifying crash that changed the lives of so many people. it took the lives of two young men. the driver behind the wheel, we expect to see him later on. pedro abad, 27 years old. he's accused of causing the deadly head-on crash that killed two of his friends. he's scheduled to have a meeting or hearing at the police station. he'll face a judge later today. his attorney says his client will plead not guilty. sources tell news 4 abad is expected to face vehicular manslaughter charges for the crash that happened in march. there were four people in that car, including abad, when it plowed head on into a tractor
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officer from linden, new jersey, and a friend. another passenger survived. investigators say abad had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. he was badly hurt in that crash. he has been in rehabilitation ever since. we do expect to see him here at this police station around 8:00 or 9:00 later this morning. back to you. >> all right, kat. keep us posted. thank you. a long island man heads to court today to face serious charges in an alleged road rage attack. state police say rouson hinton had his 2-year-old in the car during the attack. the victim was punched so hard, he had to be treated for broken bones to his face. hinton is charged with child endangerment and felony assault. happening today, wrestling legend jimmy "super fly" snuka due in a pennsylvania court on murder charges.
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he's accused of beating his girlfriend to death in a hotel room. that was back in 1983. the case was reopened a couple years ago after he release his autobiography. it reportedly contradicts his own account of how and when argentino was killed. also happening today, a tennessee man whose selfie on the brooklyn bridge went viral now facing a judge in new york. he walked out on a beam and snapped this picture. this was back in july. we first told you about it then. well, last month he was arrested in chattanooga and extra indicted here to face charges. the photo raised security concerns just before the fourth of july. 5:39 now. in new jersey, new construction codes take effect today. some people say they don't think those rules go far enough to prevent future fires. our news parter at the bergen
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lack many of the. among the suggestions are to limit the use of light wood frame which is can burn faster and collapse. officials say they're working already on the next set of revisions for the year 2018. very good. moving to northern california now. crews are finally making a little bit of progress on the deadly and destructive valley fire. that fire has been burning for more than a week. it is 69% contained, but the damage, a lot of it anyway, done. three people are dead. about 1,000 homes are gone. the fire ranks as the fourth worst in california state history. >> just some heartbreaking scenes from there. people have really been left with nothing. >> for the past year. 5:40 now. still to come, why lawmakers are pushing to turn a local bar into a national landmark. plus, an emotional moment at the emmy awards. tracy morgan returning to the stage. the message he delivered to the crowd. >> and we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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central parkway by laguardia airport. citi field. very close. interesting things going on there after winning one game each, the mets and yanks mix it up for the finale of the subway series. matt harvey did great. only one hit allowed. however, after that, the mets fell apart. sixth inning, carlos beltran, former met, hits a two-run double. dustin ackley hits a three-run home run. yanks go on to win that one 11-2. the yanks are three games behind toronto. we're going to talk about football. another heartbreaking loss for the giants, hosting atlanta. eli manning gets sacked, loses the ball. this is late in the third quarter. that led to a falcons touchdown. cut the giants' lead to three. matt ryan lobs the deep ball to julio jones. he's marked down at the 1 yard line. atlanta takes the lead two plays later.
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the giants lose this one 24-20. all right. 5:44. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, i must say, diplomatically, i think the mets/yankees split was the best possible outcome. the mets didn't lose too much ground. the yanks got the ground they needed against toronto. so i think as new yorkers, as a neutral news organization -- >> if you're playing switzerland, yes. >> meanwhile, you should see how these two are gesturing to one another behind the scenes. >> i was not happy. it's a whole different game than the game i used to watch growing up as a kid. that's all i'm going to stay. the pitcher stayed in nine innings. but let's move along and hope the mets get back on a roll later on tonight. meantime, weather picture nice and comfortable out there this morning. it's cooled down. breeze, yeah. look at the flags. they're flapping in the wind a little bit. the 60 degrees feels even cooler than that in the city. we're seeing a lot of 40s and 50s in the suburbs. fall officially arrives wednesday morning at 4:22 a.m. so we're not quite there yet.
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feels like it this morning. chilly particularly north and west. breezy today and tomorrow with the wind coming out of the north and east off the water. fantastic weather for the pope's visit on thursday. friday, maybe a few more clouds in the mix. 57 right now in chelsea. 59 in city island. most of long island, upper 50s. coastal connecticut. then you go inland connecticut, it's closer to 50s in danbury. we've seen 40s in northern new jersey early this morning. the cloud cover getting a little thicker. the temperatures went up a couple degrees because of that. it's a bit breezy, but it's comfortable and cool this afternoon. clouds limiting the sunshine. 74 the expected high this afternoon. tonight, mostly cloudy sky. again, with all the clouds we see over the next couple days, no rain anticipated. 60 the overnight low in the city. some 40s in the most distant suburbs. 50s in the nearby burbs. tomorrow, a lot of clouds, limited sunshine around once again. look for a high temperature tomorrow of about 75. so we're close to normal the next couple days.
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start to see more sun and warm up the a little bit. speaking of the mets, still at home. home against the braves. hopefully they get the win. 69 degrees first-pitch temperature. a light jacket should do it. meantime meantime, we are expecting wednesday to be a beautiful day, even though fall officially arrives. it'll be up around 80. 81 the expected high with lots of sunshine around. as the pope arrives on thursday, looks good. temperatures around 80 again. a few more clouds. looks like the rain is going to stay offshore for thursday night and friday. we may see a few more clouds and temperatures in the 70s by the time we get to friday. we cool it down again by the weekend. 74 and 75 the next couple days. 81 on wednesday. 80 on thursday with sunshine. then for the pope's visit, dry through friday at 76. back to low and mid-70s with at least partly sunny skies into next weekend. let's see if there are any problems for the commute this morning. >> there are a couple accidents
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we're going to start in new jersey. this accident on the garden state parkway. been out there for a while. this is northbound after exit 151 in the left lane. you can expect some minor delays through here. then heading over to staten island. an accident eastbound on the staten island expressway by exit 13. that shuts down two lanes here. on the long island expressway in queens, westbound, a disabled tractor trailer still out there. that blocks the center lane approaching exit 18. you can see delays very heavy already. then heading out to montauk highway, a closure in suffolk county. shut down in both directions just east of nicolls road. delays on downtown 4 trains. that's it though. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. it is 5:48 now. in new jersey, state wildlife officials are hoping to trap a bear that was spotted by a 7-year-old boy. the encounter happened saturday near ramapo state forest in
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oakland, new jersey. the boy had marks on his body, but they appear to be caused by thorns. officials haven't ruled out that there was contact with the bear. the town says residents should not be alarmed. >> thorns, bear, i don't know. a little different. senator chuck schumer would like to fight the synthetic and sickening drugs our i-team first told you about. ten people were arrested wednesday. the dea targeted a synthetic marijuana that's sending people to emergency rooms. now schumer would like agents to go after the websites that sell these drugs. >> unless we find a way to choke off their supply, synthetic drugs are going to keep delivering very real and very painful consequences. >> schumer has another plan to fight the website sales of these dangerous drugs. he would like agents to discourage credit card companies from doing business with them. 5:49 now. if you missed the chance to buy a bargain home on long island,
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you have a second chance. we're talking about 155 homes hurricane sandy. they were bought by the state and now empty. homes will be auctioned on november 17th. $43,000. you can see those homes for yourself in person starting next month. some day you could see a new national park in manhattan commemorating the place of the lgbt civil rights movement. they say it's time to give that special designation to the stonewall. that could face quite a number of obstacles. the activists would like president obama to clear the way by designating the park. "game of thrones." >> they won best drama series. the series has 26 emmys.
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"hill street blues" and "the west wing." john ham finally won best actor for his role in "mad men." he actually crawled on stage. it was viola davis who made history. she became the first african-american to win best actress in a drama. >> the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. [ applause ] you cannot win an emmy for roles that are simply not there. >> best comedy, that went to hbo's "veep." meanwhile, jon stewart and "the daily show" took home best variety talk series award. >> meanwhile, the emmys marked the return of tracy morgan. >> he got a standing ovation as he walked on stage. it was the first time he had
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done so in over a year. tracy morgan critically injured in that car accident on the new jersey turnpike last year. a crash that took the life of his best friend. morgan thanked everyone for their support and even managed to crack a few jokes. >> i suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days. when i finally regained consciousness, i was just ecstatic to learn that i wasn't the one who messed up. >> tracy morgan was actually the final presenter of the night. we're happy to say he's going to host "saturday night live" on october 17th. >> we're all rooting for him. it's good to be back. straight ahead, a new way to get around on a citi bike for people that don't live in new york city. and it was a fantastic flyover courtesy of nasa.
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welcome back. just past 5:54. time for weather and traffic. >> good to go this morning. some cool temperatures. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. maybe the city slips to the upper 50s before the morning is through. we're at 60 right now. a lot of clouz ds, filtered sunshine throughout the day. high of 74. back down in the 60s tonight. no rain next few days and
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hopefully through the rest of the week. >> all right. right now let's talk about the commute. >> we have an accident on the staten island expressway. live in chopper 4 over this. this is approaching clove road. you can see a lot of activity out there. both the fire department and police department. it looks like a tanker truck and energy truck out there and another vehicle were in this accident. just 1 1/2 lanes getting by right now. that's a serious bottleneck. delays are already very heavy. this is eastbound on the staten island expressway. we'll continue to keep you updated on that. >> all right, thank you, lauren. happening today, citi bike expanding to jersey city. there are 350 bikes that are going up at 35 stations throughout the city. if you travel between jersey city and new york, you can use the same membership. some remarkable video to show you from far away. nasa created this detailed virtual flyover of pluto. scientists pieced together these images that are actually images taken by the new horizon
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spacecraft back in july. get ready for this. we're expecting the spacecraft to send pictures that are actually seven times clearer than what we're seeing there, which is fantastic. it's the planet we probably know the least about. >> better than a lot of our live shots. up next, we're following pope francis as he makes his way across krosz cross cuba. darlene rodriguez is going to join us live. also, why a peanut company executive could spend the rest of his life behind bars. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york." save 20 to 30% on all the season's latest looks in cellular shades and cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go. blinds for life. [ female announcer ] business travel isn't just about the going. it's also about the going home. and being connected all along the way. whether you're working or recharging,
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that incident. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:00 a.m. on this monday, september 21st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett. darlene rodriguez is on assignment in cuba following the pope. >> we're going to see darlene in a minute. first, we want to say hello to chrissy chrissy cimino and look at what our monday will bring us. >> good morning. 60 in the park. a little further away from the city, the numbers drop off further to the low 50uz s and even a few 40s. jackets and sweaters needed marly in the suburbs early on this morning. it's a breezy day. we'll see a fair amount of clouds, some filtered sunshine. about 70 at noontime. low 70s at 6:00. forecasting a high today close to where it should be, at 74 degrees. let's see how the commute is treating uses so far. >> two trouble spots causing big delays. we'll head to chopper 4, live over an accident on the staten
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one lane getting by right now. the delays very heavy. this is not a good spot for this to happen as people try to get to the varazzano bridge. very bad delays on the long island expressway. this is westbound before exit 18. a disabled tractor trailer blocks the center lane. delays go back to the clear view. more weather and traffic coming up. breaking news from the bronx, where a cab driver was gunned down in the belmont area. that's where jen maxfield joins us with what we know. you said family members have been nearby. we know the person who lost his life was a father with small children. >> reporter: that's right. he's a 39-year-old father of three and his wife is pregnant with his fourth child. here. you mentioned the family. family and friends have just walked over here to the crime scene.
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first, video from a little earlier this morning when the family and friends and fellow taxi drivers were gathered about a block away. the family completely distraught, as you can understand, after his violent death just before 1:30 this morning. we understand that he was on the phone with his brother-in-law when he said that the passenger in his green taxi had a gun. he hung up abruptly and didn't answer the phone again. police say he was shot in the head. he lost control of that green taxi and hit several other cars. here at intersection of east 189th street and beaumont avenue. police are here at the scene investigating. again, just a tragedy for the family. back here live at the scene, he came here from guinea 12 years ago to make a better life for his family. his brother told me a few minutes ago that he didn't drive a taxi because he liked the job.
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needed the job. this morning he was driving in the middle of the night and police bereave he was shot by a passenger while driving his taxi. they're still looking for the suspect. that's the latest live here from the scene in the belmont section of the bronx. back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you very much. 6:02. happening today, a new jersey police officer accused in a suspected drunk driving crash will turn himself in later today. katherine creag joining us from staten island with information about the charges. >> reporter: kerry that, linden, new jersey, police officer will be here at this police station in a matter of hours. we expect to see him around 8:00 a.m., possibly 9:00 a.m. his name is pedro abad, 27 years old. he's accused of driving behind the wheel and causing the deadly head-on crash that killed two of his friends. he's scheduled to have a meeting or hearing at the police station. he'll face a judge today. the attorney for abad says his
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sources tell news 4 he's expected to face vehicular manslaughter charges for the crash that happened in march. there were four people in that car, including abad, when it plowed head on into a tractor trailer, killing a fellow police officer and a friend. another passenger in abad's car survived. kerry, investigators say abad had a blood alcohol alcohol level three times the legal limit and he himself was badly hurt in that horrifying crash. he's been undergoing rehabilitation ever since. back to you. >> all right. kat, thank you. coming up on 6:04. we want to check on weather and traffic. we start with chris. it's just been the roll, the roll, the roll. >> yeah, some high-level clouds filtering out sunshine today. you need the fall jackets in the suburbs in particular this morning. 40s and low 50s there. even in the city, pretty cool at 60 degrees.
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that cool, refreshing breeze stays here all day and into tomorrow. temperatures topping off in the low and mid-70s. that's normal for this time of year. limited, filtered sunshine throughout the day. a forecast high of 74. the rest of the seven-day forecast, we'll look at that in a bit. right now, details on the commute from lauren. >> we have a closure on montauk highway in suffolk county. that's in both directions by north ocean avenue. if you're getting on the trains, delays on jamaica-179th street bound f trains. otherwise, trains look good. ferry, pier 11/wall street stop, you could see delays and closures as well as bus route changes because of the u.n. general assembly. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. i'll have the details coming up. pope francis prepares to travel on this, his second full day in cuba, but the pontiff spent a busy sunday morning hosting mass in havana and
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meeting former cuban leader fideexl castro. darlene rodriguez is the only local reporter following the pope in cuba. joining us live. the holy father on the move today, darlene. >> reporter: he is on the move. he'll be going to another town in cuba. michael, good morning to you. it is great to see you as we wait for the sun to come up. we're near the waterfront. the sun should be rising soon. the pope will see three towns here in cuba before he eds to you in the united states. i can tell you that he has made quite the impression on cubans here here. the pope's political impact here has been enormous. we want to show you quickly a shot of the government-run newspaper here. this the pope is front-page news here. it's all anyone is talking about. we are showing you the website because papers here aren't available until about 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
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even then, you have to line up for quite a while to get your hands on one. yesterday at havana's cathedral, the holy father celebrated vespers. afterwards right near, the holy father met with local youth at a cultural center. he's always very warm. he's known for being so warm and personable around young people. you can see how privileged they felt to be in his presence. he talked off script, if you will, didn't use his prepared remarks. he told them to have hope, to dream, and that some day that could change the world. here's what cubans are talking about this morning. the historic meeting between pope francis and fidel castro. the two exchanged gifts. they exchanged books. the surprise here for cubans, as they told us, is seeing fidel's family, seeing his children and grandchildren and his wife. a lot of them don't even know her name. so this is not something that happens here often, where you're able to see his family. they're always kept very, very private. yesterday was an emotional day
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for many cubans. 300,000 people packed revolution square for an open air mass. there were people from all over the world, from the united states as well. we talked to some of them. here in cuba, the majority of people don't consider themselves catholic. but they do hope that the pope continues to influence change. >> we're just human beings. we need to get to understand each other and share. >> i think he's doing some great things. i think all religions are appreciating what he's doing right now. you don't have to be catholic or christian. >> reporter: michael, you asked me before about changes since the last time we were here. our cameraman eddie alonzo and i were here in 1999. there have been so many changes, specifically the diplomatic relations opening up. even things we've seen on the street. last time walking around with our camera, people looked at us
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and we were stopped by police. it wasn't easy to get interviews. this time, very different. there are internet caves. very spotty and still very much control. even though things are looser, they're still very much controlled. there are two state-run newspapers here in cuba. the saying here is that one writes the news and the other explains it. so that's what we're talking about when, you know, restrictions are still happening here in cuba. we want to show you some quick video. the pope mobile. always makes a big flash in every town, everywhere around the world. here along the route, hope francis made his way through and crowds were extremely excited. so happy to get a glimpse of him. again, most people, and i'm talking depending on who you ask, could be 30%, could be 10%, consider themselves catholic here in this country. we're also told by some people, it's been reported that people
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were told or pressured by cuban officials to actually line the route and come out and receive the pope. so some of them said they were offered a day's pay, certain things like that and certain incentives. but there is a huge community of catholic faithful who are here to welcome pope francis. he heads east to the town of holguin this morning. we'll be following that as well. back to you. >> darlene, great to see you there in havana once again. you were able to speak with some americans. of course, for them getting down here, that's something that's somewhat easier, right, than it was when you were there in 1999. >> reporter: it is easier. while restrictions have been lifted, the travel ban is still in place. so as a private citizen, and i get asked this question all the time, can you come here on vacation? no, you cannot. you really need to be in a special group of people, either religious or cultural or media, that sort of thing. there's a lot of permission you need. getting through the airport took us several hours. they went through all of our equipment.
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about security here, going to see the pope at the open-air mass yesterdays, we were all put on one bus, taken to an office. we had to put all of our stuff in the office. we had to leave the room. our stuff was then searched. we were brought back in the room to retrieve our belongings, get on a second bus, go to the square. even there we had to be escorted everywhere. security very tight. it is still very much a government-run country. >> well, it is fantastic to see you reporting live from havana and to get your insights with your own personal history. it's great, and we hope to see you more before we welcome you back home. >> reporter: great to see you too, michael. >> okay, darlene. you can get more on the pope's journey on our website, including his full itinerary online. 6:11 right now. happening today, mayor de blasio and police commissioner bratton will come face to face with the former tennis star tackled by an
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arrest. surveillance video shows the officer charging at him, grabbing him by the arm, and taking him to the ground. the officer has been placed on desk duty. the mayor and police commissioner both apologized to blake, who has said the officer should be fired. coming up on 6:12. here on "today in new york," your turkey sandwich could be in jeopardy. >> indeed. what's behind a shortage that's country. plus, errors that may have cost thousands of lives during the ebola outbreak in west africa. details on a new investigation. and of course your weather and traffic on the 4s straight
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okay. live look outside. weather and traffic on the 4s. >> weather is always on the 4s
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in the meantime, temperatures very close to where they should be for this time of year. we're forecasting a high of 74. normal high is 73. we're going to be near that mark again tomorrow. then it gets a little warmer by the middle of the week. pollen report is a little better for the allergy sufferers. somewhat better news on that front. meantime, it's chilly. fairfield, 48. redding, 48 degrees. towards the island, a lot of upper 50s. 60 out on montauk. then you go north and west. notice the shading of blue. that's all 40s. a lot of cloud cover. not rain producing clouds. nearest rain is out in virginia. it's not going to get in here. being deflected to the south and east. there are clouds we have to deal with. over the course of the day today and tomorrow, that will filter out the sun. that's the way it plays out on future tracker.
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1:00 in the afternoon, fairly cloudy, but you see thin spots around. tonight, just clouding over for the most part. no rain nearby. it stays off toward the south and east. again, a lot of clouds through the day tomorrow. rain tries to get close, maybe up against the coast of new jersey a couple showers or sprinkle can't be ruled out. by the time we get to wednesday, any early clouds exit and drier air moves in. probably close to 80 if not better. today we only do low to mid-70s with that mix of clouds and sunshine. tonight, about 60 in the city. a few upper 40s in the most distant suburbs. it's warm on wednesday. this is what we're talking about. fall fushlly arrives at 4:22 a.m. it's going to be a warmer day with sunshine. beautiful actually as the pope arrives on thursday. looks pretty good. temperatures around 80. we'll start to see a few more clouds get in the mix thursday and friday.
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right now we're keeping the rain offshore. it should stay dry for the pope's visit. in fact, stay dry through next weekend. 74 and 75 today and tomorrow. 81 wednesday with the sunshine. 80 on thursday with the pope arriving. 76 with more clouds on friday. then partly to mostly sunny for the weekend. 75 saturday and 73 for sunday. looking good weather wise. let's see how good it's looking commute wise. >> not so good today. we have a bunch of problems causing significant delays. we'll start with the staten island expressway. chopper 4 over an accident out there in the eastbound lanes approaches clove road. there is good news here. earlier, just one lane was getting by. this accident has since been moved to the shoulder. delays go back for miles. they're all the way back to 440. i just got word of a disabled vehicle on the staten island bound bridge. just a rough ride eastbound heading into staten island. once you get past that, you're going to have to sit in this. the outer bridge crossing is the
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way to go. now we'll head over for a live look at long island expressway. in queens we have a disabled tractor trailer blocking the center lane by exit 18. here's what it looks like just past the grand central parkway. in addition to this delay in queens, we have delays on the cross island. a rough commute in queens. a rough commute in staten island today. we're going to head to new jersey, where we have one trouble spot northbound on the garden state parkway after exit 151. an accident in the left lane. delays continue to build. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. >> all right, lauren. thanks. city council scheduled to take up a major expansion of ferry services. mayor de blasio says he hopes to add services city wide by 2017. also starting today, jersey city residents will have another
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the citi bike sharing program will expand with 35 stations throughout the city. a turkey breast shortage could cost you the next time you grab a sandwich. the bird flu affecting larger birds used for meat. several activists pushing to create a national park at stonewall in greenwich. now, there's a new report this morning that suggests the world health organization could have saved thousands of lives in last year's ebola outbreak. >> the associated press says avoidable obstacles jurntd mined a quick and effective response in sierra leone. the investigation found that bureaucratic infighting, expired disinfectant disinfectant. students in seattle no longer have to worry about their schools being shut down by a vibe. on sunday, teachers approved a new contract. they were on the picket lines for a week demanding higher wages and fighting longer workdays they've been scheduled for.
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now thairl get a 9.5% raise over the course of three years. the students got back to class last thursday when the tentative contract was announced. all right. 6:20. still ahead, why a peanut company executive could face life in prison. plus, a view that's simply out of this world. this is images from the first
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welcome back. it is 60 degrees out there. it's 6:24 this morning. weather and traffic momentarily. first, we'd like to show you the view of a lifetime. it is billions of miles away. nasa creating this virtual flyover of the dwarf planet pluto. scientists made it by kind of
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piecing together a lot of the detailed images. they were taken in july by the new horizon spacecraft when it flew close to pluto. you can see 10,000-foot-high mountains and ice made of nitrogen. a anwhole new look. >> they say they have more pictures coming that are going to be even more specific than that. fascinating with you look at these. you always think it's just rock. >> i think we're trying to, you know, help the bruised ego of pluto. >> more love. >> it's a dwarf planet. look at the pictures we have of you now. there you go. >> it's a selfie. >> selfie taking today, pretty good selfie taking weather. the lighting is going to be just right because it won't be all that bright. there will be clouds around filtering the sun from time to time. it's comfortable. temperature-wise, starting out in the 50s. a few 40s in the distant burbs. back to 74 this afternoon. a nice cool breeze persists throughout. mostly cloudy tonight. once again, 60 in the city with 40s and 50s in the suburbs.
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nice fall weather coming our way. >> very good. >> lauren? >> so we've been having troubles on the roads. staten island expressway, that accident was moved to the shoulder eastbound. still have heavy delays. now train delays as well. delays on the hoboken and 33rd street line due to switching problems. delays on jamaica-179th street bound f trains. there are also delays on downtown 2 trains. we also have issues on the long island expressway. details coming up. >> okay. thanks very much. up next, a check of our top stories, including breaking news out in the bronx. >> reporter: i'm jen maxfield live in the belmont section of the bronx where a taxi driver was shot and killed this morning. we'll hear from his family coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live on staten island where a new jersey police officer is expected to surrender and face charges in a deadly and horrifying wrong-way crash. we'll have the latest on this and more when "today in new
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after a deadly mauling at at new zealand zoo. plus, a new jersey officer accused in a deadly wrong-way crash expected to turn himself in later this morning. and you might call it an unsink l engagement. the story behind a rescue in the east river. "today in new york" starts now. what was not lost in that rescue. 6:30 right now. good morning, everybody. it's monday, september 21st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett. darlene rodriguez is on assignment in cuba, following the pope. >> we just saw darlene this morning. right now, we want to check in with chris. i think the thing that marks our weather pattern is there doesn't seem to be anything happening in this half of the country. >> you're right. the entire eastern half of the country has been relatively quiet. we keep getting these blocking areas of high pressure. it's a little cooler.
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suburbs generally between 50 and 55. in the city, we're right at 60 degrees. we're looking for clouds filtering the sun from time to time, but we should see some bright sunny intervals in between. it's a breezy afternoon. look for temperatures at noontime around 70 degrees. they'll slowly begin to make their climb. we're forecasting a high of 74. normal temperature is about 73 degrees. we'll talk more about the seven-day forecast and changes in the works in a bit. latest on the commute from lauren scala. getting busy out there. >> it is. the good news is -- well, i'm having a bit of a technical miproblem.mao accidents on the palisades. i have oneouthjuund out by exit 10. both are causing delays. better news, the staten island expressway accident we had by clove road has been moved to the shoulder. those delays are easing out. a disabled tractor trailer westbound on the l.i.e. by exit 18 has finally cleared. you can still expect very heavy residual delays there. more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right, lauren. thank you very much. breaking news out of the
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bronx where police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a cab driver in the belmont area. jen maxfield joins us from what has been a heartbreaking scene for this person's family. >> reporter: oh, you're right, michael. the family of this 39-year-old taxi driver was wailing and crying just about a block from here when they got this horrible news. again, the victim is a 39-year-old taxi driver. he drives one of the green taxis that operate here in the bronx. we're here at the intersection of east 189th street and beaumont, where police are investigating here at the scene. police tell us that he was shot in the head just before 1:30 this morning. he lost control of the taxi and crashed into several cars here at this intersection. his grieving family says he was on the phone with his brother-in-law when he saw his passenger had a gun.
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picked up the phone again. again, his female relatives are crying and wailing near here at e scene. they are now understandably worried about their safety. >> >> he said, oh, this guy have gun. he said, okay, be careful. phone hang up. >> reporter: back here live at the scene, barry moved here from guinea 12 years ago for a better life. he has a wife and three children, and his wife is pregnant with their fourth child. his brother-in-law told us just a short while ago that barry did not drive this taxi in the middle of the night because he liked the job. he drove the taxi because he needed the job to support his family. ain, he was shot and killed
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police are still looking for the spect. that's t.e latest live from the belmont section of the bronx. now back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you very much. it is 6:33. happening today, wrestling legend jimmy "super fly" snuka due in court on murder charges. he's accused of beating his girlfriend to death in a hotel room back in 1983. the case was reopened a few years ago after he released his autobiography. it reportedly contradicts his own account of how and when she was kit"ed. snuka is 72 years old and free onbail. happening today, a tennessee man whose selfie on the brooklyn bridge went viral facing a new judge here in new york. the 21-year-old walked out on a in july. last month he was arrested in chattanooga, extradited here to face charges. th re photo raised security of july. 6:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on
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chris, i hope it's not too early to start thinking about papal weather. seems pretty good so far. >> everything seems to be on track. one little fly in the ointment that could throw a few clouds our way. that's all we're expecting at this point. at thi time, we're looking at temperatures in the 50s. farmingville is 56. inp the city, we've been holding at 60 for the last couple hours. we see some 40s well north aod west. sussex, 47. this is what we mean. the further north and w hat you go, you need the slightly heavier jackets. by the afternoon, probably slung over the shoulder. we have a lot of high clouds today. that's the way the day starts out. our commuter forecast, about 60 degrees with a cool breeze. the commute back home, looking at a temperature of 72 degrees with a partly sunny sky. should see a high today of around 74. the rest of that seven-day forecast coming up. right now, the commute. here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. new problems. out there on the roads.
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on truck route 1-9 on the passaic river drawbridge. heavy delaysnghere. on tce yru get to the holland tunnel, a eekeinute delay to the lls. i just got word that downtown 2 trains are now running on their regular route. no longer running express. we still have delops on jamaica 179th street bound f trains. lestt's talk about major commuter lines. lays on the hoboken to 33rd and world trade center lines due to switching problems. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. it is 6:36. happening today, a new jersey police officer accused in a deadly wrong-way crash is expected to turn himself in. katherine creag joining us from staten island. that's where he'll be facing these charges. >> reporter: yes, indeed. that police officer from linden, new jersey, indicted by a grak nd ekjury earnier this month. we expect to see him here at this police station.
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matter of hours. pedroabad, 27 years old, is accused of being behind the wheel and causing the deadly head-on crash that killed two of his friends. he's scheduled to have a meeting or some kind of hearing here at the police station and later on face a ju e. the attorney for abad says his client will plead not guilty. sources tell news 4 he's expected to face vehicular manslaughter charges for the cr down n atappened in march. there were four people in the car total,wincluding abad, when it plowed head on into a tractor trailer, klilling a fellow police officer from linden and a friend. another passenger in abad's car survived. investigators say abad had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. he himself was critically hurt and has been in some kind of wheel share. chair wheelchair. he's been undergoing rehabilitation over the last several months. back to you. >> thank you. there's grief and sadness this morning at the university of connecticut for two sophomores who died in a violent
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cavercrash. ryan meegan and alana ferrante were both k led when the car they were riding in collided with a truck. fellow students there are just shocked. >> they're only sophomores. it's really heartbreaking. losing a child is crazy. so i can't imagine what they're going through. but i'll be praying for them. >> another student and the driver of that truck were rushed to the hospital. the brother of alana ferrante has set up a funeral fund campaign. that's to pay for her burial. also a vigil planned tonight for two new york college students killed in a plane crash. colgate university says two of its students died when their plane went down in madison county. they were both freshmen from ridgefield, connecticut. the cause of the crash is uer investigation. turning to new sealans, weds're learning that the tiger that are killed a zookeeper will not be put to death. sunday's fatal mauling forced
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now experts say the tiger was acting within its natural instincts and he's vital to the breeding program for these now rare animals. he killed a mother of two children who worked at that zoo for two decades. it is sentencing day for a former peanut company executive linked to a salmonella outbreak. stewart parnell may spend the rest of his life behind bars for his role in a peanut butter scare. jurors found that he knowingly sold tainted peanut better and falsified lab test results as the president of the peanut corporation of an america. nine people died, and more than 700 were sickened in that 2009 outbreak. urt officials calculate that he faces up to 803 years in federal prison. 6:39 right now. coming up here on "today in new york," it was tshlgs d v's biggest night. the big winners at the emmy awards, plus a touching rap earancetby comedian tracy morgan. plus, your weather an traffic on the 4s straight ahead.
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beautiful view. still no word as to what caused a dragon boat to capsize near queens. rescuers did take 19 people out of the east river after their competitive rowing boat went down yesterday. officials say the boat information completely submerged in the choppy and chilly waters by the time the coast guard arrived. members of the rowing club were pulled to safety one by one. now, moments before that boat went down, vicky lee's boyfriend pulled out a ring and popped the question. >> what he said in his proposal is that we -- you know, in our relationship, just like the water, there's high tides and low tides, but we survived it all. >> they did.
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everybody was wearing life jackets. nobody was hurt. by the way, vicky lee said yes. we were saying fortunate, of course, hat everyone was okay, but imagine if he had the ring in his pocket still waiting to do it. >> a little tipsy, some sea legs, the ring goes overboard. >> happy vicky got the ring. >> he s determined. if he shows that much determination through the course of a marriage, they should be good to go. all right. 6:44 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. when you give the ring, as folks who have done this, you're always nervous before you hand it over. >> then the boat sinks. but everybody came out fine. and she said yes, most importantly. in the meantime, we're saying yes to nice fall weather heading our way for the last couple of days of summer. we've cooled these temperatures down a little bit. fall will alive on wednesday morning. right now, we're looking at a
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temperature of 60 degrees in the city. partly cloudy sky. we've got a veil of high to midlevel clouds that will filter out the sun throughout the day from time to time making for a pretty sunrise in some locations. it's a chilly start, especially north and west. numbers there down to the 40s and low 50s. it's breezy today and again tomorrow with the wind out of the north and east. looks like fantastic weather for the papal visit thursday and friday. should be dry and nice. meantime, 24-hour temperature change. it's dropped off quite a bit. almost 20 degrees colder this morning than yesterday morning at this time in places like danbury and poughkeepsie. 16 degrees chillier in white plains. temperatures have taken a bit of a tumble in the last 24 hours. right now, 60 in middle village. as cool as 47 in sussex and 48 in poughkeepsie. 60s down the jersey shore. most of central new jersey in the mid-50s this morning. you can see those clouds. not rain-producing clouds. zoom in a little closer. you're seeing white, no green. that means no radar echoes, no
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these are high and mid-level clouds. it will stay dry today, tonight, and tomorrow. we'll have sunshine peeking through at times. it's breezy. a high temperature of about 74. your normal high is 73. right on target. mostly cloudy for tonight. tomorrow, more clouds than sun. a little bit of both. then a high temperature of 75 degrees should do it. at citi field, new team in town. hopefully the mets can take care of the braves. 69 degrees first-pitch temperature. meantime, warm on wednesday. back to warmth. fall gets in here at 4:22 in the morning. a high temperature of 81. thursday looks good as well as the pope arrives. friday, a few more clouds in the mix but still not bad with temperatures back into the 70s. you can see on the seven-day forecast, we peak in the middle of the week. a few more clouds friday. then back to low and mid-70s, which is seasonable, for the upcoming weekend. let's find out the commute. what's it like, lauren? >> it's slow where it's usually
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slow, like the cross-brnks expressway and the bqe. we have a couple accidents out there as well. one of them on the merit parkway southbound by exit 49, route 25. that's in the left lane. delays are heavy through here. then heading over to the cross island parkway, there's an accident northbound out by the l.i.e. in the left lane. you can see it's slow going through here. westbound still very heavy residual delays from an earlier disabled vehicle by exit 18. heading over to new jersey on the garden state parkway northbound after exit 151, this accident has been moved to the shoulder. delays continue to build through here. leave yourself extra time. and then two separate problems on the palisades parkway. southbound before exit 6, there's an accident in the left lane there. you can see a lot of red getting into that area. then you have a disabled vehicle further north. before you get to exit 11, that one is in the right lane with delays in both directions. we have another path delay. hoboken to 33rd street, hoboken to world trade center.
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all experiencing delays because of switching problems. otherwise, major commuter lines look good. back to you. >> okay, lauren. thanks. coming up on 6:48. at the 67th annual emmy awards, an hbo series set in a mythical land took home the top honors. >> "game of thrones." >> "game of thrones" winning best drama series. they now have won 26 emmys, tying them with "hill street blues" and "the west wing." those were the formerly two most honored drama series of all times. now they're all tied up. john ham ignored the stairs when he finally won best actor for his role in "mad men." it was viola davis who made history. she became the first african-american to win best actress for a drama. >> the only thing that separates
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is opportunity. you cannot win an emmy for roles that are simply not there. >> best come by went to hbo's "veep." meanwhile jon stewart and "the daily show" took home the best variety talk series award. but the emmys also marked the return of tracy morgan. >> he got a standing ovation as he walked on stage for the first time in more than a year. [ cheers and applause ] so good to see him back. we all know that morgan was critically injured in a car accident on the new jersey turnpike. that was last year. last night he went on to thank everybody for their well wishes, and then he cracked a couple jokes too. >> i suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days. i finally regained consciousness. i was just ecstatic to learn that i wasn't the one who messed
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up. >> he was the final presenter of the night. by the way, he's hosting "saturday night live" on october 17th. coming up on 6:50. ahead, we'll check in across the street and find out what's coming up on "today." plus, what's on the pope's play list? a look at some of the tunes chosen for the pontiff's travels. i'm michael douglas, and new york is my home. there's no place like it in the world. and there's no time to see it like the fall. take metro north to take in the beautiful fall foliage from high above the hudson. swing a club at one of america's greatest courses... see spectacular sights underground... ...or thrilling sights above it. there's so many incredible ways to experience the fun of fall in new york state. plan your trip at iloveny.com.
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live look there at times square. 6:53 right now. a notre dame professor has created a sound track to the pope's visit to the united states. >> it includes songs from mozart to motown philly. it of course includes hims and psalms, but it also has songs that reference some of his u.s. destinations, like bruce springsteen's "streets of philadelphia," and alicia keys' "empire state of mind." that is so cool.
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calling it popeify. all right. "today" show is coming up. we want to check in across the street with willie and savannah and see what's ahead. >> was that an original, michael? >> yes, it was, savannah. >> guys, good morning to you. straight ahead on the show, going to start with politics. how concerned is donald trump about these new poll numbers that show his support is starting to slip? we'll ask him when he joins us live. plus, how do american catholics really feel about pope francis and the direction he's taking the church? maria shriver will be here with that story. and a big winner, surprises, and fashions on display at last night's them emmy as i wards. by the way, carson and "the voice" won an emmy. >> could not have happened to a nicer guy. carson's fantastic. >> and he's traveling back with it. we got a picture of him going through tsa with his emmy. we'll show that. true story. >> all right, guys. congratulations to carson.
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we'll be right back with today's top stories. also, a check of weather and
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6:57 now. our top stories include breaking news out of the bronx. >> yeah, jen maxfield joining us from the scene. jen? >> reporter: that's right. we are here at the scene. the victim is a 39-year-old taxi driver.
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wife is currently pregnant with their fourth child. the family is understandably very distressed and shocked by all of this. police investigating here at the scene at east 189th street and beaumont avenue. all of this happened right before 1:30 this morning. police say that barry had a passenger in his taxi. they are looking for this person. he was shot in the head, lost control, and crashed the car here and was pronounced dead at the scene. this after a violent weekend in which seven people were killed in the city. that's the latest live from the belmont section of the bronx. now back to you. >> jen, thank you. moving now to katherine creag in staten island where a police officer is turning himself in later this morning. >> reporter: and that police officer from linden, new jersey, expected to show up here at this police station in about an hour or two and surrender. his name is pedro abad. he's 27 years old, accused of driving -- being behind the wheel with he caused a deadly head-on crash that killed two of his friends.
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station. he'll face a judge today. the attorney for abad says his client will plead not guilty. sources tell news 4 that he will face vehicular manslaughter later today. back to you. thank you very much. want to check in with lauren and traffic world. >> we'll start with the rails. for path commuters, delays out there on three separate lines. the ho boekn to 33rd, ho boekn to world trade center, and newark to world trade center lines. that's all because of switch problems. on the southern state eastbound, watch out for a wreck by the wantagh parkway. we'll take a live look outside. george washington bridge inbound lower level, an accident blocking the center lanes. a 20-minute wait. the holland. >> better news with weather? >> excellent, actually. starting out on the cool side. it's comfortable. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. near 60 in the city. 74 the expected high today.
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tomorrow, there will be a lot of cloud cover in the sky. limited sunshine peeking through at times. no rain to worry about. a nice breeze, keeping temperatures comfortable. low and mid-70s both days. wednesday we warm it up. that's when fall arrives. here 80 when pope arrives thursday. maybe a few more clouds in the mix by friday. next weekend looks comfortable. low to mid-70s and dry. a good stretch continues. >> all right. that's fantastic, chris. the "today" show isment coming up next. >> that's what's happening today in new york. good morning. coming to mek. pope francis headed to the u.s. this week after drawing huge crowds in cuba. and sharing a handshake with fidel castro. as he gets set to arrive here tomorrow, we're with the pope every step of the way. the surge.
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second place in the republican race for president. the front-runner, donald trump, losing ground. this morning we'll talk to him live. the president and the prisoners. >> hoy y'all doing? an exclusive look at president obama's visit to a federal prison, a first for a sitting president. this morning his very personal conversation with convicted felons. and eightle time's the charm. jon hamm finally wins an emmy for "mad men" and crawls his way to the stage. >> there has been a terrible mistake, clearly. a night filled with excitement, emotion and a standing ovation for tracy morgan. >> i finally regained consciousness, i was just excited to learn that i wasn't the one who messed up. >> and there's one member of our team who has a shiny new statue today, monday, september 21st,
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>> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. matt has the morning off. willie is here, and i hope carson doesn't think he has the morning off, the old i won an emmy excuse. >> i think that's an excused absence. we have an update on his progress. he's just cleared security at tsa and we've got a picture of it right there, carson's emmy, "the voice" winning and passing through security at l.aflt x. and he'll be back with us tomorrow. >> there are set off the metal detector. to our top story. pope francis traveling to eastern cuba today ahead of husband much-anticipated arrival in the u.s. tomorrow, and if the crowds in cuba are any indication the pope's first ever trip to america will be something to see. nbc's anne thompson is traveling anne, good morning. savannah.
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pope francis has made all the stops expected of a head of state, but the magic moment has come when he's met the people. this is some kind of worship. a rock star welcome from cuba's youth for the 78-year-old pontiff even in the rain. francis telling the crowd sunday night in them he sees hope urging them first and foremost to dream. he is for many here a sign of hope, drawing 300,000 people to the square where fidel castro once preached the virtues of communism. the pontiff preaches the virtues of christ. sunday he traveled to fidel castro's home for a private meeting and later met his brother raul all of is leading up to a trip to the u.s.
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